There’s not anything special about this day relative to any other day but it’s a cool number cuz it’s a nice, round number. I’ve been practicing iron palm for more than half a year now and I feel that I’m making some good progress.
Today I did 30 strikes on the mung bean bag and 20 strikes on the gravel bag. Some people may say I am progressing too slowly, but I’d rather go a bit slower than too fast in something like this. I have been injury free so far and feeling good. Like literally feeling good. My hands feel good after each practice session.
Since there’s nothing really too crazy to report about my training, I’m going to use this entry to talk about some of the stuff I’ve encountered while training iron palm.
In my study of this art (the last 200 days), I have met some cool people online. It seems that a lot of people online are curious about iron palm. On almost every kung fu forum there are people asking questions about iron palm. I think it’s one of those things that has been kind of elevated to legendary status because it seems just out of reach for the common person. Like there are specifics that are missing. Most people know you hit a bag, and they know you use dit da jow, but that’s all they know.
I don’t think there is any “one way” to do iron palm. I know a lot of kung fu schools have the mentality of “our way is right and everyone else is wrong,” but I’ve talked to at least a half dozen people about their training routine and each one does some things differently but they all get good results. Everyone stresses the important key points:
– progress slowly
– don’t strike the bag with muscular force (meaning just let your hand fall)
– place an emphasis on the healing/recovery portion
I also read an article about whether or not there’s a still a reason to train iron palm today (link). It was a really good article, and touched on many of the reasons why I train. In fact, that’s probably the best iron palm site I’ve seen to date. It’s absolutely straight forward and dispels a lot of the myths that surround the art.
Well, I’m off. The next update will be more focused on training, I promise!